Practice-focused Online Doctoral Degree for APRNs Only

Preparing Clinical Practice Leaders

UCF’s online Advanced Practice Nurse Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to enhance the development of master’s prepared Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Midwives into clinical practice leaders.

Clinical practice leaders participate at the highest level in their organizations and community, and are equipped to improve quality, outcomes and systems of healthcare.

Doctoral students in the Advanced Practice DNP track are encouraged to lead scholarly inquiry in their current practice environment. Integral components of the program will include translating current evidence into practice, and designing, implementing and evaluating new models of care.

Graduates are prepared to initiate and lead change in the clinical practice environment with emphasis on contributing to the body of evidence being considered in the reshaping of healthcare.

Students will take course work corresponding to the eight DNP essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


No GRE requirement

Deadlines: Apply by May 1 for Fall and by Sept. 1 for Spring
Program Length:  Part-time (7 semesters)
Program Type: Online with intensives
Credit Hours: 42
Clinical Hours: 1,000 *


*A total of 1,000 clinical hours are required to award the DNP degree. Some clinical hours are transferred in from prior MSN coursework. 420 clinical hours are fulfilled during the DNP coursework. Additional credit hours could be required to satisfy the clinical hours requirement, depends on prior MSN curriculum. See Plan of Study and Verification of Clinical Hours Form.


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Add a Specialty to Your Practice

With our post-master’s Graduate Certificate Programs for APRNs:

Is this program for me?
To apply to this program, you will need to meet the following:
  • You fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements (see Admissions section of the UCF Graduate Catalog).
  • You are a licensed APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) in the State of Florida. (Out-of-state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve APRN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • You have APN certification, or the ability to obtain certification in the first semester of enrollment (required)
  • You have an MSN degree in an APN specialty role or a post-MSN certificate (NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM) from a regionally accredited institution. (Applicants not holding the appropriate MSN degree may enter the DNP program through one of the three post-bachelor’s degree tracks: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner)
Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact UCF Global at or call 407-823-2337.
Is the GRE required?

No, the post-master’s Advanced Practice DNP does not require the student to submit GRE scores.

Is the program fully online?

Didactic instruction is fully online and provided in an asynchronous format. However, the program does require on-campus participation in a DNP Intensive twice per year.


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